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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome to our 10 o'clock newcast. I'm your host, Bob Spark. Tonight's top story: Eating Right and Exercise. Was it a good day or not? For part one of this story, we turn to Reporter Asia Eating.

Thank you Bob. I'm standing outside the residence of our story. Breakfast started out with whole wheat pancakes. But there was a problem at the end of the meal. It seems that there was one pancake left after everyone was done eating. Who wants to put away one pancake? So it was consumed. That's an extra 100 calories Bob.

That's not that much Asia.

Right Bob, but an extra 100 calories per day can turn into an extra pound at the end of the month. Plus there was the protein problem. Pancakes, even whole wheat are carbohydrate intensive. They are great for quick energy, but our victim will feel hungry much sooner than if they had some protein.

Clearly there were Good Intentions, but they fell short on the details. Thank you Asia. Now we turn to our midday correspondent: Lando Luncheon. Lando, what do you have for us?

Lunch was clearly well planned. This was probably the most successful meal of the day. A canned diet soup that was augmented with some additional chicken and frozen vegetables. The main problem here was with portion control. The soup was clearly labeled 80 calories per portion, but 2 portions were consumed. Low calorie, but high quantity.

Lando, isn't there also a problem with sodium in canned soups?

Yes, absolutely. You can choose lower sodium varieties, but clearly this was purchased before thinking of such things. This particular can had 690 mg of sodium per portion. And as we all know, in addition to being hard on the kidneys, too much sodium can lead to water retention and, yes, weight gain instead of loss.

You know, its really too bad to see these things. Now on to our Exercise Reporter, Sue Shwety. Sue?

Thanks Bob. As you can see, the forecast was for exercise today. But there was this front of lethargy in the middle of the afternoon. Instead of exercising, the choice was video games on the Nintendo Wii. Now, here is the curious department. You can game and exercise with the Wii using programs like Wii Fit and Wii Zumba. But for some reason these were bypassed in favor of a more sedentary game. I believe there was some influence from the child companion. We are optimistic for tomorrow's forecast when the child is in school, but it remains to be seen if willpower will be stronger than the couch cushions. Back to you in the studio Bob.

Thanks Sue. Now over to Denny with the Dinner Report. Denny?

Bob, this was also a case of a well thought out meal, that went amiss afterwards. Baked chicken breast, no skin, a small baked potato and a very large portion of escarole.

Wait, I'm sorry to interrupt. Escarole?

Yes, Escarole is a green leafy vegetable. The Spark Computers call it endive. As a green leafy it clearly was the best choice for a large portion. All was well until, 7:30 when a case of the munchies set in and she went for the biscotti.

Oooh. Too bad. At least tomorrow is another day. From all of us here at the Good Intentions Newsroom, I'm Bob Spark.

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DOGLADY13 1/13/2012 9:04PM

    LOL. You are funny!

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Flogging Myself

Monday, January 09, 2012

I said I was going to go to the gym, but I didnt make it. And now its 9 pm and too late to start anything.

At least I made a healthy dinner (chicken breast, escarole and I successfully stopped myself at ONE SMALL baked potato) with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow and reincarnation* for the rest of the week. I'm having a hankering** for lentils and there are some tasty looking lentil/spinach/curry things on the SparkRecipes.

*I cant eat the same thing all week, but I can reinvent my leftovers into new forms: enchiladas, soup, potpie, etc.

**Unless you are pregnant, you cant have cravings. You have hankerings.

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SUCCESS44 1/9/2012 9:46PM

    I love the debate on hankering vs. craving, but I just plain want something when I want it! Although I must admit that I have never actually craved lentils... My brother in law on the other hand, eats lentils and rice for breakfast every morning! He is quite the healthy dude! If I am going to crave something, it is either going to be a real italian wood fired oven pizza, you know, the kind with the really thin crust and the very little but wonderful cheese, or frankly chocolate!

But I digress...it is January and I am not craving anything but water and weight loss! You sound like a very health eater. Good luck!


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TRENTDREAMER 1/9/2012 9:22PM

    Finally, after 2.5 years I find another blogger who uses end/footnotes. I don't use them as often as I used to. Speaking of which.

*I cant eat the same thing all week, but I can reinvent my leftovers into new forms: enchiladas, soup, potpie, etc.
- Different spice combos can really turn the same thing into different things, for a few days anyway. I like your thinking better though.

"**Unless you are pregnant, you cant have cravings. You have hankerings.
- I'm not only not pregnant, I'm a dude. And when I want chocolate, I can't afford to have the extra syllable to make it a "hankering". It's a craving. Just sayin' :D

Regarding the workout, the thing that got me the most bang for buck on the workout front when I recently started working out was the 10 minute home workout. Whether it was one of Coach Nicole's vids or a simple (5 min kbell core exercise and 5 minutes of light upperbody). It made it so easy at 9:00 to say, "only 10 minutes, I can do it.

Best of fortune to you on your journey.

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We Dont Know What We Dont Know Until We Know It

Friday, January 06, 2012

How & why is Donald Rumsfeld running thru my head as I enter my food on Spark?

Because until I started using the software to start tracking my calories, I never knew how out of wack my eating patterns were. I always thought I was a reasonably healthy eater: very little red meat, salads pretty often, blah, blah blah. Now I have the hard facts in front of me and its been ... well eye-opening to say the least.

Right now, I'm just focused on getting a handle on *what* I eat. For example what 1 c of pasta looks like on a plate and why its better to have a meatball instead of filling up the plate with a second & third cup of pasta.

Research says those who journal and track calories do better over the long run than others. Because if you have to be honest with yourself about the candy bar, it makes it easier to say no in the first place. And when *I* see those numbers at the bottom of the column...I keep trying to get them lower.

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MARGO_U 1/8/2012 9:47PM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the tracker; as much as I love how easy it is, and how much it helps me to lose weight, I hate seeing that some of my favorite healthy foods (peanut butter, bananas, ect) have an unexpectedly high number of calories! It's frustrating, but I'm better off knowing.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! emoticon

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PIXIEMOMMY18 1/7/2012 12:49PM

    Tracking the calories is a big eye opener for me as well. But seeing those numbers within the correct range makes me realize I can do this. We can do this.


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Hey! Made my first recipe here!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


For some reason it says 1 serving even though I said it serves 6.

I'm spectacularly proud of the Tips section. You get a good feel for my "voice" there.


Tracking Calories explains it to me

Monday, January 02, 2012

I joined Spark because I wanted a calorie tracker. (You should hear Jillian Michaels jump all over people who dont.)

I just came back from Zumbatomic and was starving, even though I thought I had eaten a nice meal. When I finished entering all my meals it was clear why: my dinner was much smaller than I thought it was.

So I fixed myself some plain yogurt with frozen fruit. Now I feel better. Its easier to resist the siren song of the cookies and icecream if your belly isnt growling!


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